Arsenal de Brest file photo (battleship Danton, 1910) [27740]

Arsenal de Brest

Type   194 Shipyard, Navy Base
Historical Name of Location   Brest, Bretagne, France
Coordinates   48.386667000, -4.496667000


ww2dbaseThe French Navy began developing the mouth of the Penfeld River on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean in the 1600s, and by the 1800s it had become a military port exclusively. During WW1, it served as the main disembarking port for men and supplies arriving from the United States. Several of the French Navy's main warships during the WW2 era, including battleships Richelieu and Dunkerque, were built at Brest during the inter-war years. In 1940, after the German conquest of France, the Germans built a major submarine base at Brest, turning it into one of the key German submarine bases during the Battle of the Atlantic. The Brest Arsenal continued operations after WW2.


Last Major Update: Aug 2018

Ships Constructed at Arsenal de Brest

Ship NameYard NoSlip/Drydock NoOrderedLaid DownLaunchedCommissioned
Bretagne1 Jul 191221 Apr 19131 Sep 1915
Duguay-Trouin4 Aug 192214 Aug 19232 Nov 1926
Primauguet16 Aug 192321 May 19241 Apr 1927
Duquesne30 Oct 192417 Dec 19256 Dec 1928
Suffren4 Apr 19263 May 19271 Jan 1930
Colbert12 Jun 192720 Apr 19284 Mar 1931
Foch21 Jun 192824 Apr 192915 Aug 1931
Dupleix14 Nov 19299 Oct 19307 Jul 1932
Algérie19 Mar 193121 May 193215 Sep 1934
Dunkerque24 Dec 19322 Oct 19351 May 1937
Richelieu22 Oct 193517 Jan 193915 Jul 1940

Arsenal de Brest Interactive Map

Arsenal de Brest Timeline

16 Aug 1923 The keel of Primauguet was laid down at the Arsenal de Brest in France.
21 May 1924 Primauguet was launched at the Arsenal de Brest in France.

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1. daniel goodwin says:
29 Feb 2020 08:03:36 AM

hello. im looking into finding more information about a lancaster bomber from 83 squadron that crashed into brest harbour 14th august 1944. i hope you can help

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WW2-Era Place Name Brest, Bretagne, France
Lat/Long 48.3867, -4.4967
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